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Admission to the University

Admission/Re-admission Information

The final dates for the submission of applications for admission are:

March 1 (for the fall semester)
Oct. 1 (for the winter semester)
Feb. 1 (for the spring semester, intersession and summer session)

Note: Other deadlines may apply for some faculty or school programs. Please consult the appropriate faculty or school regulations in the current university Calendar for further details.

Applications received later or post-marked later than the stated deadline dates will be processed as time and resources permit. Application forms and other information may be obtained by writing to the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca.

Each application must be accompanied by a $40 application processing fee. An additional application processing fee of $40 is required from non-Canadian applicants or applicants transferring from post-secondary institutions outside of Newfoundland and Labrador. Neither fee is refundable nor will it be credited to the applicant’s financial account under any circumstances. Information regarding other fees and charges is specified under the Fees and Charges section in the university Calendar.

Applicants who have previously attended Memorial University and have not registered for courses for the past two consecutive semesters (fall, winter, spring) are required to submit a new Application for Admission/Re-admission together with the $40 application processing fee.

Applicants seeking admission to a particular faculty or school may be required to submit a supplemental faculty or school application in addition to the application for admission/re-admission and should refer to appropriate faculty or school regulations for procedures, deadlines, admission requirements and further information.

The admission criteria required for each category of applicant is specified under Categories of Applicants, Admission Criteria and Other Information, below.

Admission to some courses, programs and/or the university may be limited by the university when it deems the facilities and resources available are not adequate to provide for additional students. Consequently, possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be granted admission to a course, a program and/or the university.

The university may set its own matriculation examinations either in separate subjects or in all those required for matriculation, and may refuse admission to any applicant failing to attain a satisfactory standard in these examinations.

The university reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

Applicants may be required to provide medical evidence of their fitness to pursue university studies.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Because English is the primary language of instruction at this university, all applicants must possess an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English as a prerequisite to admission. Regardless of country of origin or of citizenship status, applicants will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language. For more information, please consult the university Calendar.


Categories of Applicants, Admission Criteria and Other Information

The categories of applicants applying for admission/re-admission as well as the admission criteria and other related information are listed below. Before a final admissions decision can be reached all required documents must be received. All documents must be official and be forwarded directly to the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, from the appropriate institution(s) or source(s). Photocopied documents are not acceptable unless duly certified.

1. Applicants Who Have Followed the High School Curriculum of Newfoundland and Labrador

Admission Criteria

The courses below are courses designed for students who intend to seek post-secondary education at Memorial University or other institutions whose programs demand levels of proficiency equivalent to those required by the university. Applicants shall have completed graduation requirements for high school as set down by the Department of Education and obtained credits in the following subjects with an overall average of not less than 70 per cent compiled from the grades received in those courses at the 3000 level.

English: English 3201 (2 credits), or the former combination of English Language 3101 (1 credit) and one of Thematic Literature 3201 (2 credits) or Literary Heritage 3202 (2 credits).

Academic or Advanced Mathematics*: Mathematics 2200, 2201, 2204 or 2205 (two credits) and Mathematics 3200, 3201, 3204, or 3205 (two credits).

*For those students who are following the courses associated with the revised mathematics curriculum (2204/2205; 3204/3205) and planning to complete first-year mathematics at Memorial, the Department of Mathematics recommends the completion of additional mathematics courses, namely 3207 and 3103. Although these two courses are not required for general university admission, they are recommended by the Department of Mathematics for those students intending to complete a program that requires the completion of first-year mathematics at the university level.

Laboratory Science: Four credits in laboratory science (i.e., biology, chemistry, earth systems, physics), including at least two credits at the 3000 level chosen from one of Biology 3201, Chemistry 3202, Earth Systems 3209, or Physics 3204 (valued at two credits each). The remaining two credits may be selected from 2000-level courses in the above-noted subject areas or from Science 1206.

Social Science/Modern or Classical Language: Two credits at the 3000 level in a social science area or in a modern or classical language.

Electives: Two credits at the 3000 level in elective courses chosen from the subjects above or from additional courses approved by the Department of Education for offering at the 3000 level for certificate purposes.

Other Information

Early Final Acceptance: Applicants in their final year of high school who have achieved a minimum overall average of not less than 85 per cent in select 2000-level courses in the core subjects of English, mathematics and laboratory science may be granted final admission prior to the release of final high school results. This does not preclude the application of selective admission criteria for particular faculty/school programs.

Provisional Acceptance: Applicants in their final year of high school who are not eligible for early final acceptance, but who have completed or who are completing a slate of courses which meets the course requirements as specified above may be granted provisional acceptance prior to the writing of their final examinations. This provisional acceptance will remain valid until the final examination results are released by the Department of Education, at which time a final determination of each applicant’s admission status will be made. Provisionally accepted applicants who meet all requirements will be granted a final acceptance whereas applicants who fail to meet all requirements will have their provisional acceptance revoked. This does not preclude the application of selective admission criteria for particular faculty/school programs.

Advanced Placement: Applicants completing advanced placement courses through the Advanced Placement Program offered by the College Board should also refer to Transfer Credit (Advanced Placement (AP)) section below.

2. Applicants Who Have Followed the High School Curriculum of Other Provinces of Canada

Admission Criteria

Applicants from other provinces of Canada are required to have successfully completed Grade XII in the University Preparatory Program (in the case of Quebec students, Secondary V Certificate) with a passing mark in each of the following Grade XII academic or advanced-level subjects and an overall average of not less than 70 per cent compiled from the grades received in the courses selected:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • laboratory science (one of biology, chemistry, earth systems, geology or physics)
  • social science or modern/classical language
  • elective


For information concerning specific provinces, see Appendix "E" of this Guide. For further information, applicants may contact the university by writing to the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by telephone at (709) 737-4431, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca.

Other Information

Early Final Acceptance: Applicants in their final year of high school who have achieved a minimum overall average of not less than 85 per cent in select grade 11 courses in the core subjects of English, mathematics and laboratory science may be granted final admission prior to the release of final high school results. This does not preclude the application of selective admission criteria for particular faculty/school programs.

Provisional Acceptance: Applicants in their final year of high school who are not eligible for early final acceptance, but who have completed or who are completing a slate of courses which meets the course requirements as specified above may be granted provisional acceptance prior to the writing of their final examinations. This provisional acceptance will remain valid until the final examination results are released by the appropriate authorities at which time a final determination of each applicant’s admission status will be made. Provisionally accepted applicants who meet all requirements will be granted a final acceptance whereas applicants who fail to meet all requirements will have their provisional acceptance revoked. This does not preclude the application of selective admission criteria for particular faculty/school programs.

Advanced Placement: Applicants completing advanced placement courses through the Advanced Placement Program offered by the College Board should refer to Transfer Credit (Advanced Placement (AP)) below.

Applicants seeking credit for enriched High School Grade XII courses or Ontario Grade XIII/OAC courses should refer to Transfer Credit (Enriched Courses and Ontario Grade XIII/OAC) below.

3. Applicants from Other Countries

Applicants from other countries should consult the university Calendar for further details. In addition, applicants may contact the university by writing to the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by telephone at (709) 737-4431, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca for further information.

4. Applicants for Concurrent Studies

Admission Criteria

Applicants in or about to enter their final year of high school with a superior academic record (i.e., normally an overall average of 85 per cent or above) may apply to enrol in university courses (excluding distance education courses). The applicant for concurrent studies must be enrolled in a high school and completing a slate of courses that meets the course requirements for admission to the university as specified above.

Applicants will be required to submit a letter requesting enrolment in a specific course, an official high school transcript, and a letter from the high school principal or guidance counsellor clearly recommending admission for concurrent studies.

Applicants must submit a completed application for admission/re-admission together with the appropriate fee. For further information refer to the Fees and Charges section in the university Calendar.

An applicant for concurrent studies wishing to enrol in courses at the St. John’s campus will be permitted to do so based on the recommendation of the University Committee on Admissions. Applicants wishing to enrol in courses at the Corner Brook campus will be permitted to do so based on the recommendation of the Special Admissions Committee at Grenfell Campus. Eligibility to enrol is limited to one semester but may be renewed on the recommendation of the relevant committee.

Enrolment for concurrent studies students will normally be limited to three credit hours in a given semester. Fees and deadlines are the same as for regularly admitted students. University credit will be awarded after successful completion of the course(s) and successful completion of the requirements for admission to the university.

5. Applicants Who Have Followed the Adult Basic Education Program (ABE)

Admission Criteria

Applicants shall have completed the Level III Adult Basic Education Certificate (ABE) with the approved combination of 36 credits set down by the Department of Education and successfully completed, with an overall average of not less than 70 per cent, the following courses as outlined below:

Communication Skills: IC 3112 and IC 3321
Mathematics: One of the following groups:
Mathematics: IM 3115, 3211, 3212, 3213 and 3216 OR
Mathematics: IM 3218, 3219 and 3221
Science: One of the following patterns:
Biology: IB 3113, 3115, 3211, 3212A/B, 3214, 3316 OR
Chemistry: IH 3111, 3112, 3113, 3114, 3116, 3117, 3118, 3215 OR
Geology: IS 3212 OR
Physics: IP 3111, 3112, 3213, 3215, 3216

Note: Students completing the ABE Certificate should contact the Admissions Office, admissions@mun.ca, for expected changes to the list of course equivalencies.

6. Applicants for Mature Student Status

Admission Criteria

An applicant, 21 years of age or older within one month after the beginning of the semester or the session to which admission is being sought, who has not fulfilled the admission criteria outlined in any of the above categories may be admitted to the university with the approval of the University Committee on Admissions.

Applicants for mature student status will be required to submit proof of age, two letters of reference from persons competent to assess the candidate’s ability to proceed with university studies, a letter from the applicant outlining the grounds for requesting special consideration, and high school marks and marks from post-secondary institutions, if applicable.

Applicants will be required to submit a completed application for admission/re-admission together with the appropriate fee. For further information refer to the Fees and Charges section of the university Calendar.

Applicants for mature student status may be required to show through an interview that they possess the potential to proceed with university studies.

Since admission as a mature student is not on the grounds of age alone, the University Committee on Admissions reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

7. Applicants Transferring From Other Recognized Universities or Colleges

Applicants transferring from other recognized universities or colleges should consult the university Calendar for further details. In addition, applicants may contact the university by writing to the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by telephone at (709) 737-4431, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca for further information.

8. Applicants Who Are Requesting Special Admission

Where circumstances warrant, applicants not meeting the regulations for admission/re-admission to the university may be admitted to Memorial University of Newfoundland with the approval of the University Committee on Admissions.

Students applying to Grenfell Campus should forward their documents to the Special Admissions Committee.

Admission Criteria

Applicants must submit a completed application for admission/re-admission together with the appropriate fee. For further information refer to the Fees and Charges section in the university Calendar.

Applicants must submit a letter to the committee outlining the grounds for requesting special consideration and provide a letter from a school principal, guidance counsellor, employer or other responsible person substantiating those grounds. In order to allow sufficient time for reasonable and consistent consideration of special cases, supporting letters must be received at least one week prior to the beginning of the semester to which admission is being sought.

English Language and Mathematics Placement Tests

In addition to the following, more detailed information regarding the English language and mathematics placements tests is available from the Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics respectively.

English Language Placement Test

With the exception of applicants who demonstrate English language proficiency under the regulations, English language proficiency requirements (English language secondary institution and English language post-secondary institution), all other applicants will be required to write a placement test in English language. This test must be taken before the commencement of classes to determine the appropriate English course for which an applicant should register. For further information concerning English language proficiency requirements refer to English language proficiency requirements in the university Calendar.

Students whose performance in the placement test in English language indicates that appropriate placement is in English 102F will be required to register in, and successfully complete English 102F before registering in higher level courses in English.

Mathematics Placement Test (MPT)

The MPT is designed to assess mathematical skills. Your score on the test will determine if you are ready to enter your desired course with a reasonable chance of success. Applicants intending to register for the first time in any 1000 level mathematics course must submit a score for either an advanced placement calculus examination or other standardized tests acceptable to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The appropriate course will be selected to ensure that you develop the necessary skills to succeed.

Students whose score in the advanced placement calculus examination or other standardized test is not acceptable to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics will be required to register in a mathematics course determined by the math department.

To find information about registering for, and writing the MPT, visit www.mun.ca.

For information on the Math Placement Test at Grenfell Campus, please refer to the Descriptions of First Year Courses section of this Guide under Mathematics.

For a Synopsis and Examples Representative of the Math Placement Test, please see Appendix D of this Guide.

Transfer Credit

Outlined below are the various categories for which transfer credit may be considered.

Applicants wishing to be considered for advanced standing or transfer credit must submit, in addition to the Application for Admission/Re-Admission, an Application for Transfer Credit Evaluation which can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Official transcript(s) and calendar descriptions and/or outlines of courses claimed for credit are also required and should be sent directly to Memorial from the institution attended.

To allow sufficient time for evaluation, these documents should be received at least two months before the commencement of the semester to which the applicant is seeking admission. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the pertinent documents, and until they are received, the Office of the Registrar is unable to commence an evaluation or to advise students of their standing at this university.

When transfer credit is awarded for work completed at another institution, only equivalent Memorial University course(s) and credit(s) are recorded on Memorial’s transcript. Grades received from other institutions are not recorded nor included in averages.

Applicants who have not received the results of a transfer credit evaluation prior to the assigned registration time for the semester in which they propose to begin studies should contact the Admissions Office for further assistance.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Memorial University may recognize for transfer credit certain courses completed through the Advanced Placement Program offered by the College Board. Award of credit for AP courses will be subject to the achievement of a minimum grade of 3 in each subject claimed for credit (in certain subjects a minimum grade of 4 may be required).

Award of credit for AP courses will be subject to evaluation and recommendation by the appropriate university academic unit and university regulations.

The applicability of all transfer credits, whether specified or unspecified, is subject to appropriate program regulations.

Information regarding course equivalencies is available in Appendix B of this Guide. Further information can be obtained from the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by telephone at (709) 737-4431, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca.

Enriched Courses and Ontario Grade XIII/OAC

Certain Grade XII enriched courses and Ontario Grade XIII/OAC subjects may be recognized for introductory (normally first-year) credits, where applicable, provided that the subjects claimed for credit are recommended as equivalent to Memorial University courses by the relevant academic unit(s). In addition, the applicant must have obtained an overall average of not less than 65 per cent with a passing grade in each subject claimed for credit. Applicants who have not obtained the overall average requirement will be required to have obtained a mark of not less than 65 per cent in individual subjects claimed for credit.

Award of credit for Grade XII enriched and Ontario Grade XIII/OAC courses will be subject to evaluation and recommendation by the appropriate university academic unit(s) and university regulations.

The applicability of all transfer credits, whether specified or unspecified, is subject to appropriate program regulations.

Information regarding course equivalencies can be obtained from the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by telephone at (709) 737-4431, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca.

Advanced or Higher Levels

The “Advanced Level” subjects of the General Certificate of Education will generally be accepted for credit to a maximum of 12 credit hours in each subject provided that a minimum grade of D in each subject claimed for credit has been obtained.

The “Higher Level” subjects of the Scottish Leaving Certificate will generally be accepted for credit at the first-year level.

Award of credit will be subject to evaluation and recommendation by the appropriate academic unit(s) and university regulations.

The applicability of all transfer credits, whether specified or unspecified, is subject to appropriate program regulations.

Information regarding course equivalencies can be obtained from the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by telephone at (709) 737-4431, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Memorial will consider for transfer credit the “Higher Level” subjects and certain “Standard” or “Subsidiary Level” subjects, provided that the subjects claimed for credit are recommended as equivalent to Memorial’s courses by the relevant university academic unit(s), and the candidate has achieved a minimum grade of 4 in individual subjects claimed for credit. In certain subjects a minimum grade of 5 may be required.

The applicability of all transfer credits, whether specified or unspecified, is subject to appropriate program regulations.
Information regarding course equivalencies is available in Appendix C. Further information can be obtained from the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by telephone at (709) 737-4431, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca.

Member Institutions of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)

All university-level course work completed by transfer students during the first two years of university study taken at universities/colleges that are ordinary members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) will be recognized for transfer credit. In the first instance, the evaluation of such course work for appropriate credit will be conducted by university academic units. In instances where appropriate credit cannot be granted by academic units or where no university academic unit exists at this university for the evaluation of particular transfer credits, the Office of the Registrar will award the
appropriate unspecified credits in an unspecified discipline.

Applicants who have completed course work beyond the first two years of university study may be considered for further transfer credit subject to evaluation and recommendation by the appropriate academic unit(s) and university regulations.

The applicability of all transfer credits, whether specified, unspecified or in an unspecified discipline, is subject to appropriate program regulations.

Information regarding course equivalencies can be obtained from the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by telephone at (709) 737-4431, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca.

Other Universities, Colleges and Institutes

Memorial may recognize for transfer credit certain courses offered by the College of the North Atlantic, Marine Institute, and certain other community colleges, technical colleges, institutes and CEGEPs.

Award of credit will be subject to evaluation and recommendation by the appropriate academic unit(s) and university regulations.

The applicability of all transfer credits, whether specified or unspecified, is subject to appropriate program regulations.

Information regarding course equivalencies can be obtained from the Admissions Office, Office of the Registrar, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5S7, by telephone at (709) 737-4431, by e-mail at admissions@mun.ca or through the website at www.mun.ca.

Challenge for Credit

Memorial recognizes that some students may have achieved competence in certain subject areas through experience gained elsewhere. This experience, which may warrant consideration for academic credit at the undergraduate level, may consist of courses taken at non-university institutions or skills acquired from work or learning outside the university. It should be noted that challenge for credit is not offered for work terms or internships.

Since course challenge is not offered by all academic units nor for all courses within a unit, students are advised to consult with the appropriate academic unit to determine whether or not a particular course is offered for challenge.

Where challenge for credit is offered, it is available under the following conditions:

  • Challenge for credit is available only to those students who have applied for admission or who are currently registered at the university.
  • Applications to challenge for credit are available at the Office of the Registrar. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar and must receive approval from the head of the academic unit offering the course(s). The academic unit may require documentary material from the student and/or an interview before making its decision whether or not to accept the challenge. The academic unit involved will be responsible for deciding the scheduling and appropriate method of evaluation, which may consist of a variety of possible modes of evaluation including written, practical and oral.
  • A student who has applied for transfer credit evaluation may not apply to challenge for credit until the transfer credit evaluation has been completed.
  • Memorial University will consider for credit courses that have been granted credit through a Challenge for Credit process by another recognized university or college. Award of credit will be subject to evaluation and recommendation by the appropriate academic unit(s) and university regulations.
  • For the purpose of satisfying the regulations for residence requirements (General Academic Regulations, university Calendar), a successful challenge for credit shall be considered the equivalent of a transfer credit and shall be recorded on the transcript as a pass (PAS). Challenge grades are not included in averages.
  • The appropriate fee must be paid at the time of application. For further information refer to the Fees and Charges section in the university Calendar. If the application is accepted for consideration, the fee is not refundable nor is the student permitted to withdraw the challenge.

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